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And I Would Add (shared)

Originally posted by ebonypearl at And I Would Add
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/summer-solstice-myths-suns-ascension/story?id=13886431
The 5th myth is that the Summer (Winter) Solstice is the first day of Summer (Winter).
It's called MidSummer (Winter) Day for a reason: it's the middle of summer (winter).
Just as the hottest (coldest) part of the day falls after noon (midnight), the hottest (coldest) part of the year falls after the midpoint of summer (winter).
The myth that summer (winter) starts on the midpoint is the one I'd like to see widely addressed.
 
That's one of my pet peeves too, especially when someone (like a weatherman) goes out of their way to say that the solstice is the "official" first day of summer, like they are saying "we know it is already summer weather, but some group in authority said summer starts on solstice, so what are you going to do?"

I guess that response would make sense if solstice was the official first day of summer in some way, but it's not. As far as I can determine, NO government or government agency or NGO (like the American Meteorological Society or National Weather Association) has ever proclaimed solstice the start of summer. So these guys are making up officialness, and then subtly ridiculing the officialness (which they made up!)

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Recent cover scans I added to GCD:
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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #720

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jakie_em
Jun. 26th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
in england it is considered to be 'midsummer', but in most of mainland Europe it is the first day of the season. My dad always said summer started on the solstice

it is also for farming though. apparently you should plant garlic around the autumn equinox... who knew.

a friends family also dos their grape pressing around the winter solstice. it is the last day you work out on the farm before coming in for the season. you cant plant again until the equinox because the ground is too cold. basically the week prior to the winter solstice, you prep all the food for the winter. you hang your meat for smoking and then keep in closer to home.
shadzane
Jul. 17th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, things are different in different places. Here, I can't imagine farming up 'til the winter solstice. The ground freezes much earlier.
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